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Joseph Cornell, New York, N.Y. letter to Marcel Duchamp, Flushing, N.Y., between 1955 and 1968, from the Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972

Joseph Cornell, New York, N.Y. letter to Marcel Duchamp, Flushing, N.Y., between 1955 and 1968

Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972

Item Information

Title: Joseph Cornell, New York, N.Y. letter to Marcel Duchamp, Flushing, N.Y.

Date: between 1955 and 1968

Physical Details: Letter : 1 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm.

Description: Letter from Cornell presenting Duchamp with a thaumatrope, a toy which consists of a small disk of paper or cardboard with images on both sides and string attached to the parallel edges so that it can be spun, creating an optical illusion.

Two envelopes accompany the letter, one very small and blue and one standard letter-sized.

Presumably the small envelope originally held the thaumatrope, which is no longer present although Cornell has made a crayon rubbing of it on the verso of the letter.

Creator: Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972

Forms part of: Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972

Rights Statement: Current copyright status is undetermined

Citation: Joseph Cornell, New York, N.Y. letter to Marcel Duchamp, Flushing, N.Y., between 1955 and 1968. Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digital ID: 11778